Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid
leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that
can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for
misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government
During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than
57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for
these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone.
With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were
cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the
United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the
The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this
month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from
three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from
exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West
Africa since the beginning of this year.
About 100 more people, most of them health care workers, are
being tracked in Texas after coming in contact with the first
patient diagnosed in the United States in late September.
Still, officials said it was reassuring that no new infections
had emerged in recent days.
Turkey made a significant policy shift Monday when it announced
it would allow Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq to
travel through the Turkish territory to reinforce the besieged
Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria.
The announcement was all the more striking, because earlier this
month Turkey's President equated the Kurdish militants defending
Kobani to the ISIS fighters who were laying siege to the town. Both
the Kurdish and ISIS militants are, in the words of President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, "terrorists."
"Turkey feels like it has fallen into the subway tracks and is
surrounded by live rails," said Hugh Pope, senior Turkey analyst
with the International Crisis Group, a conflict mediation
organization. "It is very difficult for Turkey to make any
Voters who intend to support Republicans in the most
consequential Senate and House elections this November had
significantly less confidence in the federal government’s response
to the occurrence of Ebola, according to a new POLITICO poll.
The survey underscores the dangers for Democrats in the midterms
if the Obama administration is perceived as mishandling the
government’s reaction to the virus.
The man suspected of murdering seven women in Indiana indicated
to police that his crime spree dates back two decades, authorities
said at a press conference today.
Suspect Darren Deon Vann, 43, helped authorities locate the
bodies of six victims in Gary, Indiana, after he was arrested in
the murder of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy, whose body was found at a
Motel 6 in Hammond.
A Virginia woman who allegedly posted a naked photograph of her
ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend has become the first person to be
charged under the state’s revenge porn law.
Waynesboro police say Rachel Lynn Craig, 28, admitted she took
the image of the 22-year old victim off her ex-boyfriend’s phone
and posted it to Facebook. The victim says she took the picture
herself and sent it to her boyfriend, and that his ex (the accused)
stole the photo and posted it on Facebook.
For candidates in tight races and the parties that fund
expensive get-out-the-vote efforts, Election Day has turned into
Election Month: By Monday, voters in 34 states and the District of
Columbia will be able to cast ballots in person.
The success or failure of each party’s efforts to get voters to
the polls early will determine the outcome of critical contests
across the nation, including the battle for control of the Senate.
Both parties have invested accordingly — and early data suggests
the millions of dollars they’ve poured into those efforts are
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants
of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads
of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled
by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians
displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is
funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European
donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the
subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and
European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent
civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the
militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.